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Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Maryville University
St. Louis, MO

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 492838
Work type: Full-time
Location: St. Louis, MO
Categories: Development & Alumni Relations

Posting Details

Job Summary/Basic Function

Maryville University is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. As the university's key representative for alumni engagement and outreach, the Executive Director will play a pivotal role in fostering a strong and vibrant alumni community while strategically advancing the university's mission and goals. This position requires a passion for higher education, excellent communication skills, a proven track record in building and maintaining relationships, and the ability to lead a team.

Essential Responsibilities:
1. Alumni Engagement Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive alumni engagement strategy that aligns with the university's mission and objectives. This includes creating and implementing innovative initiatives to engage alumni in a meaningful and lasting way.
2. Relationship Building: Establish and maintain strong relationships with alumni, donors, and other stakeholders, including regional and national alumni chapters and affinity groups. Foster a sense of community and belonging among alumni, encouraging their continued involvement with the university.
3. Alumni Events: Plan, coordinate, and oversee a diverse range of alumni events, both on and off-campus, that cater to different alumni interests and demographics. Events may include reunions, networking functions, professional development seminars, and social gatherings.
4. Alumni Communications: Oversee the development and implementation of communication strategies to keep alumni informed about university news, events, and achievements. Utilize various channels such as email newsletters, social media, and print materials to maintain a strong and consistent connection with alumni.
5. Fundraising Support: Collaborate with the university's development and advancement teams to identify and cultivate potential donors among the alumni community. Work closely with major gift officers to solicit alumni contributions in support of the university's fundraising priorities.
6. Data Management: Ensure accurate and up-to-date alumni records and databases to facilitate efficient communication and engagement efforts. Utilize data-driven insights to assess the impact of alumni programs and adjust strategies accordingly.
7. Collaborative Leadership: Work collaboratively with various university departments, including academic affairs, student life, marketing, and advancement, to integrate alumni engagement into broader institutional initiatives.
8. Budget Management: Oversee the budget for alumni relations, ensuring effective use of resources to achieve programmatic goals and outcomes.
9. Professional Development: Stay abreast of industry trends and best practices in alumni relations to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the university.

Minimum Qualifications

• A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
• At least 5-7 years of experience in alumni relations, donor relations, or a related field, preferably within a higher education setting.
• Demonstrated success in developing and implementing comprehensive alumni engagement strategies.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse audiences.
• Proven leadership experience, including managing and motivating teams.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively in a fast-paced environment.
• Understanding of fundraising principles and experience with donor cultivation.
• Proficiency in database management and alumni engagement software is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

Physical Demands

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.

Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employment authorization will not be considered for this position.

Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring, training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and termination.

Advertised: August 17, 2023
Applications close: Open until filled


Motivated Students

Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with nearly 6,000 students. We offer over 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 32 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger's, Maryville has been named the Number 1 Over-performing University in the nation by US News and World Report for the past two years. Maryville's athletics teams compete in 18 men's and women's sports at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Founded in 1872, the University is ideally situated on 130 picturesque acres in west St. Louis County. 

Outstanding Faculty

Across the wide spectrum of academic programs offered at Maryville University, you'll discover enthusiastic professors with impressive academic credentials and professional experience in their fields. From their extensive knowledge base and active learning approach, you'll gain real-world perspective and the kind of confidence that comes with being well-prepared to begin your first professional job in your chosen career.

Campus Map

On the Maryville campus, academic, administrative and housing buildings span 130-acres of beautiful wooded and landscaped scenery. Maryville has constructed 10 new campus buildings since 1998. They include the Anheuser-Busch Academic Center, Art & Design Building, University Auditorium, Donius University Center, state-of-the-art health professions facility Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker Hall and five student apartment buildings.

Inspired Teaching

Maryville is proud of its teaching and mentoring excellence. As we focus on giving you a solid liberal arts foundation, we are guided by a well-established statement of mission, vision and core values.

Special Events

For the past 11 years, Maryville has presented the St. Louis Speaker Series at Powell Symphony Hall, featuring Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors and other celebrated personalities who have enlightened, inspired and entertained our audiences.

Career Resources

Located only 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis and right next door to St. Luke's Hospital and Maryville Centre corporate complex, you'll benefit from a wide variety of internship opportunities. In addition, our centers for advising and career planning will help you succeed every step of the way, both as a Maryville student and as a graduate. These include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Computing
  • Academic Success Center
  • Career Education 

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